Concerns over data security grow following cyberattack on racing club

June 26, 2024
Jane Louise

Yet another cyberattack has made the headlines, this time for a hit on the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), with fears for the data security of over 30,000 members and employees.

This follows multiple attacks over the last couple of years, notably Optus and Medicare, and more recent data breaches at the Victorian court system, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fire Rescue Victoria, the Arts Centre Melbourne and CHRG (previously Castle Hill RSL Group).

In an apology, Chief Executive of VRC Steve Rosich assured members that immediate steps had been taken to address the incident, including reporting the matter to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

“We are informing employees, members, partners and sponsors about the incident, to encourage them to practise cyber vigilance and remain alert for scams while our investigation is ongoing,” he said in a statement.

“We will communicate directly if our investigation identifies evidence that personal information has been affected in line with our obligations.

“The protection of all of our stakeholders’ information is our upmost priority and we apologise for any concern that this incident has caused.”

While the investigation is ongoing, VRC members were encouraged to remain especially alert to suspicious emails, links, texts and calls.

To help businesses prevent cyberattacks, there is still time to sign up to the free CyberWardens initiative. Forty-five minutes’ training may save the loss of a wealth of information, business reputation and thousands of dollars.

Further business resources can also be found here.


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